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Scotland’s high streets in crisis: 9 pictures showing the decline of town centres

It’s no secret the high street is suffering. From cities to small towns, Scotland’s urban centres have been rocked by waves of store closures and a rise in long-term vacant units.

Some of the biggest names in retail have vanished and banks are no longer a fixture of every shopping centre. Politicians and business leaders appear powerless to prevent the changes brought about by changing lifestyles and the rise in online shopping. In 2017, Scotland recorded the biggest reduction in the number of occupied high street units of anywhere in the UK.

Even flagship stores in iconic locations are struggling. House of Fraser closed its famous Princes Street store in 2018 as part of a wider group cut-back

9. Location isn't everything

Even flagship stores in iconic locations are struggling. House of Fraser closed its famous Princes Street store in 2018 as part of a wider group cut-back
Picture: Ian Georgeson
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